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The Crime Report: 1994 Crime Bill’s Effect on Mass Incarceration Was Limited: Study

Friday, September 13, 2019  
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Critics of the nation’s more than two million people in prisons and jails frequently blame a law passed by Congress in 1994 for the mass incarceration that persists well into the 21st century.

A new analysis concludes that the statute actually had only a modest impact.  

“Many states already had enhanced sentences for people convicted of violent offenses by the time the 1994 Crime Bill was enacted,” write criminologists William J. Sabol and  Thaddeus L. Johnson of Georgia State University.

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